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      Thematic correspondences between the Zedekiah texts of Jeremiah (Jer 21-24; 37-38)

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      Old Testament Essays
      The Old Testament Society of Southern Africa (OTSSA)

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          This article argues that the Jeremiah-Zedekiah encounters of Jer 37-38 correspond thematically to the Zedekiah Cycle of chs. 21-24 in at least two important ways. First, the later chapters provide a narrative enactment of the judgment on Judah 's institutions that the Zedekiah Cycle foretold, namely, judgment on Zedekiah himself and the entire Judahite kingship. Secondly, in the character of Ebed-Melech, the chapters include a narrative prefiguring of the "righteous branch" foretold in 23:5-6. To demonstrate these correspondences, the article first examines the narrative structure of the Jeremiah-Zedekiah encounters of chs. 37-38 and determines that the focus of the narrative is the unjust imprisonment and suffering of Jeremiah. The article then explores how this narrative structure provides a backdrop for understanding both Zedekiah and Ebed-Melech, especially in light of the earlier prophecies of the Zedekiah Cycle.

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                Old Testament Essays
                Old testam. essays
                The Old Testament Society of Southern Africa (OTSSA) (Pretoria )
                2312-3612
                2013
                : 26
                : 2
                : 491-503
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                [1 ] Logos Bible Software
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                S1010-99192013000200016
                d00512b6-ee05-475b-92ff-285295188b17

                http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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                Self URI (journal page): http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_serial&pid=1010-9919&lng=en
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                Religion

                General religious studies
                General religious studies

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